On Monday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m., someone (possibly cleaning a cement truck or a swimming pool filter) dumped unknown material into San Pedro Creek, killing hundreds of fish. This has occurred several times in the past year. An investigation is ongoing. Thanks to Pacifican Bill Richards for reporting this incident.
Fairmont residents think the City of Pacifica has completely forgotten them. Planning Commissioners are appointed, but City Council members are elected. Fairmont residents ask all council members to stand up and state whether they support 7-Eleven or Fairmont!
Fairmont Residents Appeal
Note: The Pacifica Planning Commission has conditionally approved a new 7-Eleven store and gas station at 700 Hickey at Gateway in the Fairmont District. A group of Fairmont residents are appealing the decision (see related story above).
ALSO: Over the past decade we have been supporting nonprofit organization SEEDS, where every dollar goes toward helping with education, health, or environmental issues in villages in Nepal. If you really want to help the people of Nepal, one of the best ways would be to donate to SEEDS. For more information about this fabulous organization of volunteers, please check out their website: SEEDS
Jerry Barrish & Nancy Russell
Pacifican Joan Bonzo takes her oath of allegiance as a new U.S. citizen at a ceremony held at the San Bruno Public Library on May 29. Bonzo, a nursing student, immigrated from the Philippines, and is the first in her family to achieve U.S. citizenship. Like many Pacificans, she loves surfing and long-distance running.
The ceremony, conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (San Francisco District) Director John Kramar, featuring Congresswoman Jackie Speier, was a kind of celebration. Back in 2009, in response to requests by community groups, USCIS undertook to prepare more than 2 million immigration files to be provided to the public for research purposes.
Previously, these files, each one commemorating the immigration history of one person, would have been destroyed after being maintained for 75 years. But they represent the rich history of immigration to Northern California, Hawaii, and Guam. As such, they’ll be maintained at the National Records Center in San Bruno. They’ll be made available for research purposes at the National Archives and Records Administration reading room, also in San Bruno, when they’re 100 years old.
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security
(415)248-8873 (Office); (415)987-0191 (cell)
"If there is a Picasso in Pacifica, what is our responsibility to that kid?" asked S.F. school board member Rachel Norton in a front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle, May 22. She was responding to a question about whether the school board should ban out-of-town kids from enrolling in the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA), a high-demand public school in San Francisco. (On May 26, the school board unanimously approved the ban.)
Pausing at the east end of Fassler Avenue, Pacifican Ronald Berger surveys the Baquiano Trailhead. The trail up the hill to Sweeney Ridge could be upgraded to a paved or improved emergency service road connecting the southern end of Pacifica (Rockaway and Linda Mar) to San Bruno in case of disaster. (Photo by Alan Wald)
photo and link from Fix Pacifica
Mountain Lion Attack on Pet (from a county sheriff bulletin): On 5-22-15 at approximately 3:00 PM, a Mountain Lion attacked a house cat on the street in the 400 block of Bridgeport in the Clipper Ridge neighborhood of El Granada. While the lion was not seen, the veterinarian who treated the cat confirmed there was no doubt the injuries were caused by a Mountain Lion. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the GGNRA have been notified. Keep a close watch on pets and children during this time of increased Mountain Lion activity in the rural and semi-rural areas of our county.
After the above story appeared May 18, the Board of Supervisors denied the appeal and now it remains to be seen if an appeal is filed with the California Coastal Commission.
A sizeable crowd packed Shelldance Orchid Gardens on May 17 to benefit the legal fund for fighting the highway widening. Beyond fundraising and consciousness raising, there was good music, art, food, and drink. (photos by Leo Leon; poster by Andrew Leone)